According to federal agents, a marijuana vending machine in Detroit led investigators to a felon with multiple firearms.
Authorities claim that a home on Mettetal near Fenkell contains a vending machine used to sell marijuana and pills. In January, after receiving a tip about 43-year-old Marcellus Cornwell, the federal government began an investigation, FOX2 reported.
In March, agents conducted surveillance on Cornwell’s residence and twice purchased marijuana from a vending machine before searching the residence and interviewing Cornwell.
Cornwell reportedly told the investigators that he has managed the vending machine for four years and that he earns approximately $2,000 per day from it.
During the search of his residence, agents reportedly discovered 18 firearms, dozens of rounds of ammunition, thousands of dollars, and cannabis.
Cornwell, who is prohibited from possessing firearms, allegedly told agents that he did know he was in violation but was a firearm connoisseur. According to agents, he informed them he bought the majority of guns on the street. Three of the firearms were found to be stolen.
Cornwell has a history of felonies dating back to 1997, as illustrated by a criminal complaint. His criminal record consists of armed robbery, identity theft, and a number of weapon charges.
Now, he is facing charges of felon in possession of a handgun.